Gen Intel Processors May Get Built In Ransomware Protection

At CES 2021, arguably the most influential and significant tech event in the world, Intel made an important announcement regarding its historic eleventh generation of chips. The latest designs will feature hardware-based ransomware detection protocols, which should serve to make those types of attacks less likely to succeed. In 2020, ransomware became the attack vector of choice for hackers around …

Firefox To Follow Chrome in Backspace Keyboard Functionality Change

In July 2016, Google Chrome blocked the use of the backspace key to navigate to a previous page in their Chrome 52 release. This was because of reports that it brings about loss of data inputted into a form on a page by switching to a previous page. The data loss often occurs when the user intends to use the …

Even Big Companies Like Nissan Get Hacked

Even the largest companies in the world can’t claim immunity to hacking, data breaches and momentary lapses in judgment. Nissan is a classic case in point. Recently, due to a careless oversight, default admin credentials were left in place on part of the company’s network. That allowed an unknown third party to easily breach the company’s network and gain access …

Adobe Flash Is Done And Flash Content Is Being Blocked

Adobe has finally done it, as promised. For more than a year, the company has been slow-walking their iconic Adobe Flash Player to its eventual doom. As of December 31st, 2020, Adobe stopped providing support for the product. Not long after, beginning on January 12th, 2021, it made another change that prevented Flash content from running on Flash Player, so …

New PayPal Phishing Attempts Are After Your Account Info

Hackers and scammers have hit the ground running in 2021, launching an extensive new phishing campaign that targets the legions of PayPal users around the world. The campaign is being run on both text message and email channels and if you’re a PayPal user, you may have already seen it. If you haven’t, in the days and weeks ahead, you’ll …

Brand New Ransomware Found On The Internet

Hackers around the world didn’t waste any time. New Year’s celebrations have barely ended, and already, we have our first reports of a new malware strain to help ring in 2021. Dubbed Babuk Locker, the strain is aimed squarely at corporate networks. Based on an analysis of the code, security experts have concluded that the software was designed by mid-level …

Big Changes Coming To Microsoft Outlook In Coming Years

Microsoft has been moving toward a unified “single version” of Outlook that would offer a seamless user experience across all platforms and devices. Unfortunately, thus far, that objective has remained elusive. In late 2020, however, the company announced “Project Monarch” which seeks to create a new email/calendar client that will finally accomplish the company’s long-stated goal. Their goal is providing …

Hacker Attacks On Healthcare Industry Are On The Rise

In the early days of the pandemic, several major groups of hackers pledged that their activities would not be aimed at institutions that were engaged in vaccine research. There was at least one high profile instance where the agreement was violated, but for the most part, the hackers kept their word. Research facilities were left largely alone. A bit later, …

Adobe Flash Has Reached End of Life Status

Is your company’s website built around Adobe’s aging Flash Player? If so, be aware that you are officially on your own. Flash reached its EOL (End of Life) as of January 1st of this year (2021). From a business perspective, you don’t have to worry that your Flash-dependent website will suddenly stop working, but from here on, you won’t be …

Weak Passwords Are Making Easy Work For This New Malware

There’s a new worm making the rounds on Windows and Linux-based servers that you should be aware of. This nasty bit of code has been spreading rapidly, using simple brute-force methods to break into public facing-services like Tomcat, MySQL, Jenkins, WebLogic and others. Unfortunately, the prevalence of weak passwords protecting these public-facing systems has made the brute force attacks that …